November 21, 2009
I needed a good pumpkin entry before thanksgiving at least! This is my pumpkin entry… Pumpkin truffles. Oh I love these. And I think everyone else does too.
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
White chocolate bark
Orange food coloring
Mix butter, pumpkin pie puree & spice in a small non-stick sauce pan
Heat over med. heat for about 8-10 minutes. The mixture will lose its water and be about 1/2 cup
In a separate bowl mix brown sugar, flour, and salt well. Then add in cooked pumpkin and mix well.
Chill in freezer for 30- 1 hr. I like to do it as long as possible to make it easier to manage.
Roll into 1 inch balls and then into graham cracker and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet.
Place back into the freezer while you prepare the chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a deep bowl and then add orange food coloring to it. Make sure it is oil based since it is chocolate.
To dip into the chocolate, drop the round ball into the chocolate and then drizzle chocolate over it. Scoop out with a spoon and place on cookie sheet. While chocolate is still warm, place pecan on top to resemble stem.
I drew lines down the pumpkins with green food coloring. I hope you like it These will be a favorite!
November 12, 2009
I remember seeing the AT&T commercials for Toms Shoes. I didn’t really think it was a legit organization at first. Once I learned more about it, I realized that it is a great opportunity for people to help out in ways we never thought possible. If you aren’t familiar with Toms Shoes, visit his site and buy some super comfy shoes.
This is my first real experience with fondant. And honestly, I’m so happy, thrilled, ecstatic, you name it, with these cuppycakes. I chose the lazy way out and bought pre-made fondant, namely because I had a test to study for today. I wanted to bake something that I could take to BCM on wed. night.
My wonderful boyfriend surprised me at work one day with a cupcake book. I flipped through it and found a recipe I thought would yield fairly flat top cupcakes. I did get to taste these cupcakes since I cut off the tops of any that started to form a peak.
I started with the Mini Cocoa Cupcake recipe. Since it was meant for mini-cupcakes, it only made 12 cupcakes. Don’t worry, I made more than 12.
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking power
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt. I love this stuff!)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water
Heat oven to 350. Either spray muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking power, baking soda, and salt in bowl.
Add egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes.
Stir in boiling water. This will make the batter very thin. Make sure to stir it together very well.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Really try hard not to put that little bit extra in there to overfill it. It is tempting, I know.
I used a 1/3 cup scooper to fill it, but I didn’t make sure the scooper was all the way each time.
Bake for around 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes then set out on wire rack to cool.
Make sure the tops of each are nice and flat. If they aren’t, just slice it off slightly and feel free to eat the scraps! Yum! I sure did.
Once the cupcakes are absolutely completely cooled, ice them with buttercream icing. Do this buy dipping the
tops of them. Let the excess drip off back into the icing mix.
Now is time for the fondant. So much patience comes with these steps. While the cupcakes were baking, I took the time to dye and flavor the fondant. For me, fondant is rather bland, so I like to add some plain flavoring to it. Since I needed three colors for these cupcakes, I divided the pre-made fondant into three sections for about how much I felt I would need for each section. To die and flavor, I took a toothpick, dipped either in vanilla extract or food coloring, and kneaded it into it and kept adding color until I got the color I was aiming for. Usually it’s best to buy fondant that is already dyed black. So I tried to use the littlest amount of black as I could. For true black, it’ll take a whole bottle of food coloring and then will leave it tasting funny. Make sure to add plenty of confectioner’s sugar to your work surface and keep picking up the fondant so it doesn’t stick.
Whew! Now moving on…
I started with the white covering. I took a large round cookie cutter and cut out circles to fit around the cupcakes, smoothing it around the edges to be even with the edges. After doing every single one of these little cupcakes.
Then I made these nice trident looking strips. To attach these I brushed the back of them with water, either with your finger, or with a paint brush. Then press it onto the top and bottom of each cupcake.
Next come these itty bitty letters. Let’s see. TOMS.. that’s four letters. 4×26= 92. 92 letters that is. Whew.
This isn’t even half of the letters… more pressing and cutting.
I just did the same with these letters. Add water. Usually with these I dipped them into the water to get all the powered sugar off of them.
And Viola! Fondant TOMS shoes cupcakes. I hope everyone at BCM thoroughly enjoyed them!